Good morning! What a wonderful warm weekend we just had! It sure felt good to get outside for a bit! It’s hard when we get such warm weather when I know it isn’t here to stay! Since I know the cold weather is still sticking around, I thought I’d share a great indoor kid’s craft with you today!
I did this craft with my son, Bugaboo, back in the fall to submit to our local zoo’s recycled materials art contest. The only criteria was you had to use recycled materials and the project needed to feature an animal native to Africa. Also, the project should be completed mostly by your child, of course! Bugaboo’s favorite building at our zoo is the reptile building, so we decided to make a bush viper. This project was a lot of fun, and it did allow Bugaboo to do most of it, except using a scissors.
Supplies Needed for Snake Kid’s Craft:
- Wrapping paper roll (you can use paper towel rolls, but they aren’t as sturdy)
- Cereal box
- Finger paint
- A red shoelace or yarn
The first thing I did was set the craft up for Bugaboo. I am a big fan of crafts that don’t take too long to set up! Just cut the wrapping paper roll into 1-1.5″ wide pieces. It was tough to cut through the wrapping paper roll since it is so thick, but it was really nice having a sturdier roll. Cut the cover off of your cereal box and tape up the opening on the top. I set up a little finger painting area with kraft paper and paper plates with the paint on it.
I let Bugaboo paint the bush viper’s “habitat” with green and brown finger paints. He tends to use his whole body when finger painting and not just his fingers. Next he painted the wrapping paper roll pieces with bright reds, oranges, yellows and purples.
Once everything was dry, he strung the wrapping paper roll pieces onto the red shoelace. This was a great fine motor skill to work on and he has a lot of fun threading things. He helped me tape the snake into the box. I rolled some tape bubbles and helped him use them. We taped the string down a couple places and let it stick out in the front for the snake’s tongue. If your child is old enough, they can draw the eyes on the snake. All finished!! Bugaboo was super proud of his bush viper! He ended up being the only child in his age group, kids under 4, so he got a little ribbon. It was fun seeing the projects the older kids came up with!
Hope everyone has a great week! I really can’t wait for spring – we’re so close!!!